Three amazing guests—Matthew Morrison, Laura Michelle Kelly, and Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III—will join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for their “Music for a Summer Evening” concert held annually in conjunction with community-wide Pioneer Day celebrations. This special Broadway-themed concert will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21, at 8 p.m. in the Conference Center and will be conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director.
Matthew Morrison is a versatile actor, singer, and dancer who has been recognized for his work on stage and screen with Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award nominations. Morrison most recently starred as J. M. Barrie in the Broadway musical Finding Neverland and is well known to television audiences as Mr. Schuester in the musical comedy television series Glee. In 2012, Morrison hosted and narrated the PBS special entitled Oscar Hammerstein II—Out of My Dreams, which focused on the Broadway producer’s life and career.
Laura Michelle Kelly is a Laurence Olivier Award-winning actress and singer for her star-making performance as Mary Poppins in the London stage production. It will be a reunion performance for Morrison and Kelly, who starred opposite each other in the Broadway musical production of Finding Neverland, where Kelly performed the role of Sylvia Llewelyn Davies. Kelly has performed in numerous London and Broadway musical productions as well as radio, TV, and concert appearances, which include Royal Albert Hall, Hampton Court Palace, the Royal Opera House, and Buckingham Palace.
Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III, grandson of the famed lyricist and music theater producer Oscar Hammerstein II, will join the Choir and Orchestra as the narrator of this special concert focusing on the Broadway contributions of his family. This will be a return engagement for Hammerstein, who narrated the Choir and Orchestra’s much-loved “Music: It Runs in the Family” 2017 RootsTech concert. In addition to serving as the Hammerstein family historian, Hammerstein is also a painter, writer, and lecturer.
Tickets for the concert have all been distributed. Patrons without tickets are encouraged to join the standby line by the north gate on Temple Square for last-minute seating, which is often available. Admission is open to those eight and older.
No tickets will be required for the Sunday, July 22, Music and the Spoken Word broadcast which will be held in the Conference Center at 9:30 a.m. Patrons should be in their seats by 9:15 a.m.
The concert will be live streamed on mormontabernaclechoir.org at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. It will also be carried live over the Church satellite system and aired on BYU Television. Broadcast schedules will be available soon.
These summer concerts featuring music by the Choir and Orchestra have been a long-standing tradition. Recent guest artists have included Alex Boyé (2017), The King’s Singers (2016), Laura Osnes (2015), Santino Fontana (2014), Nathan Pacheco and Lindsey Stirling (2013), Katherine Jenkins (2012), and Linda Eder and Brian Stokes Mitchell (2011). Prior concerts have been filmed and later rebroadcast on BYU Television. The summer concert of 2012 with Katherine Jenkins won the Choir’s third Emmy® Award.